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ALCON 2019

50th Anniversary of the First Moon Landing

July 25 - 29, 2019

Kennedy Space Center and Southern Skies Cruise to the Bahamas

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Welcome to the ALCON 2019 website

The Astronomical Leagues objective is to promote the science of astronomy

  • by fostering astronomical education,
  • by providing incentives for astronomical observation and research;
  • by assisting communication among amateur astronomical societies.

The Astronomical League is composed of over two hundred and forty local amateur astronomical societies from all across the United States. These organizations, along with our Members-at-Large, Patrons, and Supporting members form one of the largest amateur astronomical organizations in the world.

Our basic goal is to encourage an interest in astronomy (and especially amateur astronomy) throughout America. Many people have seen pictures of the other planets in our Solar System from spacecraft, but have no idea that they too can see these objects with a telescope. We want people to get access to telescopes, whether it is through their local astronomical society, school, or their own instruments, and use them to view the beauty in the heavens.

The mission of the Astronomical League is clearly stated in the masthead: to promote the science of Astronomy. The major benefit of belonging to this organization is receiving the quarterly newsletter, The Reflector, which keeps you in touch with amateur activities all over the country. The chance to meet the people you read about there occurs during our annual National Convention, or at one of the ten regional conventions that the AL sponsors.

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Apollo 11 Official Crew Portrait

Official crew photo of the Apollo 11 Prime Crew. From left to right are astronauts Neil A. Armstrong, Commander; Michael Collins, Command Module Pilot; and Edwin E. Aldrin Jr., Lunar Module Pilot.

Image Credit: NASA

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Bootprint on the Lunar Surface

A close-up view of astronaut Buzz Aldrin's bootprint in the lunar soil, photographed with the 70mm lunar surface camera during Apollo 11's sojourn on the moon.

Image Credit: NASA

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Buzz Aldrin on the Moon

Astronaut Buzz Aldrin walks on the surface of the moon near the leg of the lunar module Eagle during the Apollo 11 mission. Mission commander Neil Armstrong took this photograph with a 70mm lunar surface camera. While astronauts Armstrong and Aldrin explored the Sea of Tranquility region of the moon, astronaut Michael Collin remained with the command module.

Image Credit: NASA

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Apollo 11 Moonwalk

AS11-40-5875 (20 July 1969) -- Astronaut Edwin E. Aldrin Jr., lunar module pilot of the first lunar landing mission, poses for a photograph beside the deployed United States flag during an Apollo 11 extravehicular activity (EVA) on the lunar surface. The Lunar Module (LM) is on the left, and the footprints of the astronauts are clearly visible.

Image Credit: NASA

Entrance of the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex

ALCON 2019

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER

July 25th through July 29th, 2019

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Join the Astronomical League to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing!

IMPORTANT CRUISE ALERT dated 11/10/2018

"We have just 4 balconies left near the group and 4 balconies elsewhere on the ship. These are available at the preferred price only until November 20. After that, the rates will be significantly higher, probably about $200 more per person, if balconies are still available. We do still have ocean view cabins and inside cabins left at our preferred rates. Reservations are filling up the ship quickly, so please don't delay and act as soon as possible, if you wish to join us."

First, tour the Kennedy Space Center, the site of the Apollo 11 launch. Then, enjoy a three-day cruise to the Bahamas on a ship by Royal Caribbean and see the southern Milky Way of Sagittarius and Scorpius!

  • Thursday July 25, after the KSC tour, stay on-shore at a hotel in Titusville (to be arranged).
  • You will need a passport valid through January 2020 or later. (Yes, at least six months after the cruise!)
  • Royal Caribbean cruise ship leaves Port Canaveral Friday afternoon July 26 and returns Monday morning July 29.
  • Cruise cabins are limited. Reservations are being accepted, with a $100 initial down payment. Pricing (based on double occupancy) for the whole weekend cruise including meals is set at $399 per person (PP) for inside cabins, $579 PP for outside cabins, and $589 PP for Balcony cabins. Singles, triples, and quad rates are available upon request with our agent.
  • Members of the Astronomical League only: To reserve your cabin with a $100 deposit, and for additional cruise details, please contact Marsha at Lin-Mar Travel, 631-736-1049 or marsha@travelwithlin-mar.com.
  • AREA ATTRACTIONS

    RACE TO THE MOON
    APOLLO/SATURN V CENTER

    There are moments in American history that unified our country and shifted our culture. The Apollo Moon landings represent one of these pivotal periods. Experience the wonder of the Apollo Program from the days leading up to the first launch and to the Moon landings that followed ...

    HEROES & LEGENDS
    EARLY SPACE ADVENTURES

    Counting down to liftoff of NASA’s early space programs inspired a nation to reach for the stars. Discover what it means to be a hero through the stories of NASA’s space pioneers at Heroes & Legends featuring the U.S Astronaut Hall of Fame ...

    BEHIND THE GATES
    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER BUS TOU

    Wouldn’t it be fascinating to see behind Kennedy Space Center's gates? When it comes to NASA’s spaceflight operations, it's no surprise that rocket science is off-limits to the general public. However, get exclusive access to historic launch ...

    SHUTTLE: A SHIP LIKE NO OTHER
    SPACE SHUTTLE ATLANTIS

    A ship like no other, the space shuttle launched like a rocket and landed like a glider while transporting astronauts to space and back for thirty years. Stand in awe of this American icon at Space Shuttle Atlantis®, permanent home of the orbiter ...

    To see all attractions at the Kennedy Space Center click here.

    ALCON 2019 REGISTRATION

    Merritt Island, Florida

    July 25th through July 29th, 2019

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    ALCON 2019 SPEAKERS

    This information is being updated as it becomes available.

    Keynote Speaker

    Derek Demeter

    Planetarium Director

    Emil Buehler Perpetual Trust Planetarium at Seminole State College

    Derek Demeter began working at the Emil Buehler Planetarium at Seminole State College of Florida in 2003. By 2007, Mr. Demeter was offered the position of Planetarium Director, and immediately began the process of writing and producing new shows. Over much of the last decade, his passion for teaching people about the wonders of the universe has earned him accolades and recognition from the planetarium industry, his peers, and the community. Derek currently serves as the Past President of the Southeastern Planetarium Association and was president from 2017-2018. Derek also enjoys promoting science beyond the planetarium with his work as an astrophotographer, which earned him pictures seen in NASA’s Astronomy Picture of the Day website. Derek also enjoys giving talks to venues such as astronomy festivals, local libraries, serving as Observing Chair of the Central Florida Astronomical Society, and simply setting up a telescope at local venues to give the public a truly "out-of-this world" experience.

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    ACCOMMODATIONS
    Holiday Inn Titusville - Kennedy Space Ctr

    Holiday Inn Titusville - Kennedy Space Ctr

    The ALCon 2019 rate is $119 per night, which includes a hot breakfast.

    Our plan is to have ALCON 2019 visitors log into a link to the hotel and make their reservations online. This option should be available very soon.

    Holiday Inn Titusville - Kennedy Space Center

    Address: 4715 Helen Hauser Blvd, Titusville, FL 32780

    Phone:(321) 383-0200

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    Click the button below to be taken to Holiday Inn Titusville - Kennedy Space Center reservation page. Once there select your dates and click "Check Availability". Fill out your reservation information. The "IATA" and "Group Codes" will be prefilled out for you which identifies you as a Astronomical Leagues attendee.

    If you have questions about the hotel reservations please contact Marsha at Lin-Mar Travel

    631-736-1049 or marsha (at) travelwithlin-mar (dot) com

    We're looking forward to seeing you at ALCON 2019.

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